Cameron offers more Typhoons for Nato air mission

Britain will offer another two Typhoon warplanes to patrol the skies of eastern Europe amid continuing tensions with Russia over the Ukraine cris, David Cameron has said.

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Ukraine leader warns of 'abyss' on eve of self-rule vote

Ukrainian leader Oleksander Turchinov has warned pro-Russian eastern regions they would be stepping into the abyss if they vote for self-rule on Sunday, in a referendum that has raised Western fears of a slide to full civil war.

An election commission worker carries a ballot box into a polling station. Credit: REUTERS/Valentin Ogirenko

The UK has joined international condemnation of rebels in two eastern Ukrainian regions as they stage sovereignty referendums.

He said secession from Ukraine "would be a step into the abyss for these regions... Those who stand for self-rule do not understand that it would mean complete destruction of the economy, social programs and life in general for the majority of the population."

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